News of Università della Svizzera italiana

Michael Bronstein selected for the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has selected Prof. Michael Bronstein to be a Radcliffe Institute fellow. Michael joins more than 50 women and men in the 2017–2018 Radcliffe fellowship class who are doing this and more as they pursue work across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. This year's cohort includes a Turing awardee, a Pulitzer prize winner, and the former US Ambassador to the United Nations. Radcliffe Fellowship is considered one of the most prestigious and competitive programs in the United States. Fellows at the Radcliffe Institute present lectures and exhibitions to the public, participate in cross-disciplinary study groups, and work closely with undergraduate Harvard students who serve as research partners. The full list of fellows is online at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellows2017

Michael Bronstein is an associate professor of informatics at USI. His main research interests are in theoretical and computational geometric models and their applications to problems from the fields of computer vision, graphics, and machine learning. At Radcliffe, Bronstein will be working on developing formulations of deep learning for non-Euclidean structured data such as graphs and manifolds, which are becoming increasingly important in a variety of fields including computer vision, sensor networks, biomedicine, genomics, and computational social sciences. He hopes that new geometric deep learning paradigms will help achieve quantitatively and qualitatively better results in these fields.

Michael received his PhD (summa cum laude) in computer science from the Technion, Israel in 2007. His numerous accolades including three ERC grants and a Google Faculty Research Award. He is a member of the Young Academy of Europe and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. In 2014, he was named a World Economic Forum Young Scientist. Besides academic work, Bronstein is actively involved in the industry and has co-founded and served in technical and management positions at several successful startups, including Invision acquired by Intel in 2012. He was one of the key developers of Intel RealSense technology.